Khalid for Notion 79

Gen Z's first superstar, Khalid is the third cover star of Notion 79 - The Break Through issue.

Notion 79 is all about celebrating the breakthroughs. Filled with stories of our favourite pioneers, it’s an issue dedicated to the moments where everything changes and the people that set out to change everything.

In the space of a year, Khalid’s rise to fame has gone from groundbreaking to commonplace. Finding fame first on SoundCloud and then on Kylie Jenner’s SnapChat and aged just eighteen, he was hailed as Gen Z’s first true pop star. Now nineteen and with a quadruple platinum single, a Grammy-nominated album and a world tour under his belt, Khalid has cemented his status as his generation’s first superstar.

For his Notion 79 cover, we meet him in London in the midst of it all to talk teenage years in the spotlight, finding a home in his music and his ambitions for working within education. What we discover is a pop star that cares less about the thrills of fame and more about how he can use it for the better.